Vieux Ch. Certan 1989
Tasting Notes Vieux Ch. Certan 1989
Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford's annual lunch at Waterside Inn. This bottle is consistent with several other tasted over the last couple of years. It has a captivating bouquet with scents of mulberry, clove and cedar, a hint of roasted chestnut in the background. It gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perhaps a little tighter than I have discerned compared to other bottles, but it retains that gorgeous garrigues-infused finish. Wonderful. Tasted May 2013.
The last two tastings have been better than early tastings, suggesting I underrated the wine. It is still somewhat austere, with a rather evolved dark garnet color already revealing some amber. The wine shows some sweet plums, currants, with some dusty earth overtones and a hint of dried herbs. The wine is medium-bodied, sweet on the front end, but a bit astringent at the rear. The wine could probably benefit from several more years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016. Last tasted, 1/02.